La Plata County, Colorado facts for kids

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La Plata County, Colorado
Map
Map of Colorado highlighting La Plata County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the USA highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 10, 1874
Seat Durango
Largest City Durango
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,700 sq mi (4,403 km²)
1,692 sq mi (4,382 km²)
7.6 sq mi (20 km²), 0.4%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

54,688
30/sq mi (12/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: co.laplata.co.us
Named for: Spanish language word for silver

La Plata County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 51,334. The county seat is Durango. The county was named for the La Plata River and the La Plata Mountains. "La plata" is the Spanish language word for "silver".

La Plata County comprises the Durango, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area.

The county is home to Durango Rock Shelters Archeology Site, the type site for the Basketmaker II period of Anasazi culture.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,700 square miles (4,400 km2), of which 1,692 square miles (4,380 km2) is land and 7.6 square miles (20 km2) (0.4%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,110
1890 5,509 396.3%
1900 7,016 27.4%
1910 10,812 54.1%
1920 11,218 3.8%
1930 12,975 15.7%
1940 15,494 19.4%
1950 14,880 −4.0%
1960 19,225 29.2%
1970 19,199 −0.1%
1980 27,424 42.8%
1990 32,284 17.7%
2000 43,941 36.1%
2010 51,334 16.8%
Est. 2015 54,688 6.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2000, there are 43,941 people in the county, organized into 17,342 households and 10,890 families. The population density is 26 people per square mile (10/km²). There are 20,765 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county is 87.31% White, 5.78% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.31% Black or African American, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 3.90% from other races, and 2.25% from two or more races. 10.40% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 17,342 households out of which 29.60% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.90% are married couples living together, 8.70% have a female householder with no husband present, and 37.20% are non-families. 24.80% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.10% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.43 and the average family size is 2.92.

In the county, the population is spread out with 22.70% under the age of 18, 13.90% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 25.10% from 45 to 64, and 9.40% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 103.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 103.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $40,159, and the median income for a family is $50,446. Males have a median income of $32,486 versus $24,666 for females. The per capita income for the county is $21,534. 11.70% of the population and 6.70% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 9.30% of those under the age of 18 and 7.70% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Communities

City

Towns

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated communities

Ghost towns

  • Greysill Mines
  • La Plata
  • Parrott City

Recreation

National forest and wilderness

  • San Juan National Forest
  • Weminuche Wilderness

National historic district

  • Durango-Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad National Historic District

Trails

  • Colorado Trail
  • Old Spanish National Historic Trail

Bicycle route

  • Great Parks Bicycle Route

Scenic byway

  • San Juan Skyway National Scenic Byway

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